Founder and CEO Avinash Lakshman dismissed most storage innovation over the past decade as mere tweaking. "Amazon and Facebook" he said, "gave me the experience to enable a fundamental innovation for storage." That experience included building Amazon's Dynamo NoSQL precursor, and Cassandra for Facebook. Facebook Cassandra had 100 million users on petabyte-scale cluster operated by just 4 people, including Avinash. So he can build extreme scale-out storage systems that run reliably on commodity hardware and need sparse administration efforts.
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